Superintendent of Documents

The Superintendent of Documents (SupDocs) leads the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) in providing public access to Government information published by the U.S. Congress, Federal agencies, and the Federal courts. The SupDocs:

  • Focuses efforts on the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) in cooperation with Congress and GPO’s library partners.
  • Oversees the policy and strategy for GPO’s Library Services and Content Management and Publication and Information Sales business units.

The SupDocs is appointed by the Director, U.S. Government Publishing Office (44 U.S.C. § 1702).

Current Superintendent of Documents

SupDocAs Superintendent of Documents, Laurie Hall leads the agency in providing public access to Government information published by the U.S. Congress, Federal agencies and the Federal courts. Hall focuses her efforts on the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) in cooperation with Congress and GPO’s library partners.

As Managing Director of Library Services and Content Management, Hall oversees the administration of four major Congressionally-mandated programs: the FDLP, the Cataloging & Indexing Program, the International Exchange Service, and the By-Law Program. Hall provides management support for the implementation of strategic programs and operations in partnership with depository libraries and in collaboration with other GPO business units and Federal agencies.

Hall has been with GPO since 1985, most recently serving as LSCM’s Director of Library Technical Services where she oversees three divisions and supervises more than 60 staff members. Other LSCM positions Laurie Hall has held include: Supervisory Program Analyst, Serials Cataloger, Cataloging Section Chief, Cataloging Branch Chief, and Director of Bibliographic Services. Since 1992, she has worked on key agency initiatives, including the acquisition of GPO’s first Integrated Library System. Additionally, Hall has worked on projects to deliver cataloging records created by GPO staff to FDLP libraries through GPO’s Cataloging Record Distribution Project. She also manages the National Bibliographic Records Inventory Program, an initiative to identify and catalog both historic and new content for GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP). The Bibliographic Inventory includes many projects, such as the conversion of GPO’s Historic Shelflist of U.S. Government Publications (1880-1992) and the development and implementation of cooperative cataloging partnerships with libraries in the FDLP to identify unreported publications and link to recently digitized U.S. Government publications. A new project sponsored by Hall beginning in 2013 is the Web harvesting of agency content. The roles held by Hall since joining GPO have greatly supported the digital transformation of key agency initiatives.

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Ms. Hall earned her Bachelor’s degree in Art History and American Studies at the University of Virginia and her Master’s degree in Library Science at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

List of All Superintendent of Documents

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